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Autism

Intercare Therapy

Autism Specialist with locations throughout California, Colorado, Oregon & Nevada

If you’re worried that your child has autism, you’re not alone. In 2020, one in 54 children in the United States was diagnosed with autism. As a family-run business that focuses on your family, the team at Intercare Therapy offers comprehensive autism evaluations and ABA therapy at their offices in Denver, Colorado; Las Vegas, Nevada; or Lake Oswego near Portland, Oregon, and the eight offices throughout California in Sacramento, Riverside, Windsor Square in Greater Los Angeles, West Covina in East Los Angeles, Canoga Park in North Los Angeles, Escondido in San Diego, Anaheim in Orange County, and Hayward in the East Bay region of San Francisco.

Autism Q & A

What does it mean to have autism?

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disability that encompasses people with a wide range of symptoms, skills, and other disabilities. That’s why it’s called autism spectrum disorder.

Some people with autism are nonverbal, while others talk constantly. Some struggle to perform daily activities and need extensive support. Others navigate school and adulthood with occasional support.

Everyone on the autism spectrum, however, shares two core problems:

Difficulty with social skills and communicating

This includes issues such as an inability to initiate social interactions, not being able to have a back-and-forth conversation, and an inability to understand nonverbal communication.

Repetitive and restrictive patterns of behavior

Examples include the need to follow a routine, extreme distress at small changes in their typical schedule, and a preoccupation with a specific interest. Children with autism often have sensory sensitivities and exhibit repetitive speech, activities, and motor movements.

What are the signs of autism?

Autism symptoms typically appear in early childhood. For some, however, the signs may not become obvious until their abilities are stressed by social or school demands.

Some of the earliest signs that your child should be evaluated for autism include:

  • Not smiling by six months
  • Not babbling or pointing by 12 months
  • Not saying single-word phrases by 16 months

Signs of communication or socialization problems in toddlers include:

  • Not responding to their name
  • Preferring to play alone
  • Repeating words and phrases

Signs of repetitive and restrictive behaviors in toddlers include

  • Playing by lining up toys
  • Having an interest in one toy, movie, topic or object
  • Watching the same video over and over

As children get older, additional issues that are characteristic of autism become more noticeable. For example, they take things literally, struggle with severe anxiety, and have difficulty understanding what others are thinking or feeling.

How is autism treated?

After thoroughly evaluating your child, your provider at Intercare Therapy develops a treatment plan based on their unique strengths and weaknesses. Many children need a range of services that are often provided at school, such as speech therapy and occupational therapy.

Every child with autism also needs therapy to help them overcome their challenges and learn the skills they need to function as independently as possible. The team at Intercare Therapy fills this need with applied behavior analysis (ABA), an evidence-based treatment that improves learning, social skills, daily living skills, and language development.

ABA is individualized to diminish problem behaviors and teach new skills across a variety of settings, including in the clinic, at home, at school, and in the community.

To learn how ABA can help your child with autism, call Intercare Therapy or fill out the contact form online.